What Are Community Partnerships?

SS&L's Community Learning Partnership programme aims to maximise access to community learning across Somerset. We support activities and projects that:

  • Engage people who are disadvantaged and least likely to participate in learning, including individuals from deprived wards and disadvantaged groups
  • Widen participation and transform people's destinies by supporting progression relevant to their personal circumstance
  • Develop stronger communities, with more self-sufficient, connected and pro-active citizens

Examples of this may include:

  • Improve individual's confidence and willingness to engage in learning
  • Encourage the acquisition of skills preparing people for training, employment or self-employment
  • Improve digital inclusion, financial literacy and/or communication skills
  • Improve individual health and/or social well being

We believe developing stronger communities, with more self-sufficient, connected and pro-active citizens, leads to:

  • Increased volunteering, civic engagement and social integration
  • Reduced costs on welfare, health and anti-social behaviour
  • Increased online learning and self-organised learning
  • The lives of our most troubled families being turned around
  • Bringing people together from all backgrounds, cultures and income groups

Who Can Apply?

All organisations or charities in receipt of funding are required to be registered with Companies House and be a legal entity. Bids are particularly welcomed from the voluntary and community sector; although public and private organisations can apply, providing they are working with CLP target groups and fulfilling the key priorities of this funding. When applying for funding it is important that applicants describe how the needs of any target group they are proposing to work with are met. One of the key priorities of the CLP fund is to widen participation in learning.

Projects that engage and encourage new learners into learning activities are especially encouraged.


To find out more email enquiries@sslcourses.co.uk